Janet Sarbanes

Janet Sarbanes

Teaching Areas: Narrative Theory; Cultural Studies; Fiction; Critical Theory; Arts Writing

Janet Sarbanes is the author of the short story collections Army of One and The Protester Has Been Released, which was declared a best fiction book of 2017 by Entropy magazine. Recent short fiction appears in North Dakota Quarterly and the Los Angeles Review of Books. A 2017 recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol art writer’s grant, Sarbanes has published art criticism and other critical writing in museum catalogues, anthologies, and journals such as East of Borneo, Afterall, Journal of Utopian Studies and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her essay on Shaker aesthetics and utopian communalism received the Eugenio Battisti prize from the Society for Utopian Studies. Sarbanes holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program and the MA in Aesthetics and Politics at CalArts, and offers courses on the BFA in utopian studies, social movement rhetoric and the theory and art of everyday life. 

Army of One, Otis Press 2008.
People of the Pancake, Coop Books, 2014.
The Protester Has Been Released, C & R Press 2017.
The Autonomy Project: Letters to Artists and Activists, forthcoming.